Line of thunderstorms in Tasman stretches the length of NZ
Risk for small Tornadoes in the West
High risk for flash & surface flooding
Warm/Sticky in the North
A big Autumnal storm is moving on to the South Island’s west coast this morning and it’s heading northwards.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the storm will affect every region across New Zealand. “The risk for localised heavy downpours remains very high especially in the north and west. It’s this sort of tropical weather, mixing with bitterly cold Antarctic air that makes for such explosive conditions”.
Humid, saturated air over northern New Zealand has sent the humidex temperatures soaring. At 8am it was 25 degrees in Auckland. “The humidex measures what the temperature feels like on the skin. Damp, humid and warm conditions means it feels more like the mid-twenties right across the upper North Island this morning”. Duncan says the actual air temperature was 19 degrees with a staggering 98% humidity.
He says lightning detectors are now picking up strikes out to sea along the nation’s west coast.
“This is a weather event that all New Zealanders should pay close attention to. Take heed of the warnings and keep up to date with the latest thunderstorm warnings” says Duncan. At 8:45am Tuesday a total of 20 Severe Weather Warnings had been issued by NZ’s government forecaster MetService. All warnings can be found in the “weather” section at www.newstalkzb.co.nz
“The real action will start to take place this afternoon and evening. We’ll have regular updates as the main front makes landfall”.